If you're meeting potential mates online, you might be have some concerns. For one, how do you know that the person on the other end is for real? How do you know it's even safe to meet someone on the Internet?
These aren't abnormal or uncommon questions. Last season, MTV's show "Catfish" documented many such stories. The show revolved around online romances and fake online profiles.
It's scary, if you think about it. Love is scary. But meeting someone online is a risk.
The term "catfishing " is becoming synonymous with the idea of creating a fake online profile to lure unsuspecting friends, and in some cases, lovers.
While the events on the show Catfish seem harmless, there are some scary stories out there of online dating scams. Specifically, WSBT reports of some dangerous cases where men were lured to meet women in person, after meeting them online through a fake profile. Instead of meeting the women face-to-face, some of the men were robbed.
So, if you're dating online, how do you protect yourself from ending up a victim of an online dating scam?
Here are 5 tips:
Be careful. While you could meet the love of your life, you could also get yourself into great danger if you don't play it safe. Be smart.